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James Johnston (1863-1922)

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James Johnston (1863-1922)

1897 Designed triple expansion engines for Brighton Waterworks.

1922 Obituary [1]

JAMES JOHNSTON was born at Bury, Lancashire, in 1863, and was articled to Mr. W. B. Bryan, Engineer to the East London Water Co., under whom he served later as an assistant engineer.

In 1893 he was appointed Engineer to the Brighton Corporation Waterworks, and held this position to the time of his death, which took place on 1st August 1922. During that period he was responsible for great extensions to the waterworks.

In 1917 when coal supplies were being rationed, he held the position of hon. secretary to the Joint Local Coal Committee, which was followed by the posts of local fuel overseer and executive officer to the Coal Emergency Committee, and the strenuous work he carried out considerably affected his health.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1896; and he was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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